Hannah Mitchell: Ravenclaw

I was 14 the first time I read a little book called Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone. I had always loved books about boarding schools, I grew up on Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers and St Clare’s series. I was getting into science fiction and fantasy so a book that was about a boarding school for magical kids was a brilliant idea.

So many of my friends read the books, I met so many people online through the love of the books. I remember midnight release parties at the local Waterstones. I remember how excited I was when the movies came out and perfect I thought Emma, Rupert and Daniel were. I wanted to be Hermione Granger – but always thought she belonged with Harry, not Ron. I wanted to be in Ravenclaw – I was a total bookwork who loved learning and was always top of the class. I was never brave enough for Gryffindor.

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.

I cried so hard at the end of Deathly Hallows – the idea of there being no more books, no more Harry, Ron & Hermione… I was devastated.
I cried again watching the 2nd Deathly Hallows movie for the same reason.
I know they live on in my heart but it was… the end of an era.

And then there was The Cursed Child. I’m not a huge fan of the storyline, I’m not a fan of the way Harry is as a father but then again, you can’t expect him to win any Father Of The Year prizes considering he never exactly had a stable father figure.
But I digress. It was being able to re-enter the world that Rowling had created that, that had shaped my formative years… being able to go back again was the wonder and the joy.

Fantastic Beasts fully reignited that love. I was skeptical at first, I had no idea how a movie – how a series of movies – could be made from that book. I will admit I spoiled myself, I read everything I could about it to prepare myself and I think I was already in love with Newt before the film even started. Again, the chance to go back into the Magical World – and a whole new part of it. It was breathtaking. And I loved it.

You can only imagine my excitement and the current new news coming out about the second film. And how amazing does Jude Law look as a young Dumbledore. I couldn’t picture him at all but now I see it and it’s just YES! I can’t wait!

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